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Identical design / Completely different purpose

You may be able to patent a new use for an old thing, but you can't patent the thing itself unless it's somehow different from the old thing. What you may be able to do is patent the new method of ...
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Can I sell this patented product outside the US?

That number is the publication number of a U.S. patent application. It is not a granted patent at this time. Looking in the USPTO database Public PAIR, I see that it got a "final rejection" recently. ...
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If a product doesnt meet one claim of a patent, would it get patent infringement notice?

Each claim is taken on its own. If your product meets everything laid out in any single claim then your product infringes that claim, and therefore infringes the patent. You may have have heard that ...
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Do patents prevent individuals from making a product out of patented invention for personal use?

Yes - patents give the patent is the right to try to stop others from making, selling, offering for sale, importing and using. Very unlikely to be any enforcement. But I have heard of someone who ...
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A company is using my idea internally!

In the US, like most countries with patent systems, it is illegal to use an invention claimed in a patent without a license. In some countries, the government will grant an injunction against such ...
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A company is using my idea internally!

Is your patent only filed in the USA? Has it actually been granted or is going through the search and examination phase ? Be aware that you have to prove they did not use your idea before your ...
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Patent Claim Drafting

You are presumably talking about claims that preempt all uses of a law of nature. A law of nature is not patentable. A claim that preempted all possible uses of a law of nature is essentially an ...
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Can I sell this patented product outside the US?

In addition to George White answer I would like to add that, if you are trying to reproduce the product in US and then export to other countries then also you would be liable as an infringer if the ...
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Patent Claim Interpretation

The expression 'based on' looks vague and ambiguous to me. Its breadth, no matter what the cause, risks coming at a cost. If I were procuring a patent I would prefer to avoid the expression and use ...
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Patent Claim Interpretation

I think the answer is that it depends on the context. I have included three examples from three different patents. The first uses depending upon while the second uses based upon. I do not think the ...
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Patent Claim Interpretation

The scope often differs from patent to patent, i would try to explain the difference using following example. In simple term the term Based on protects the underlying principle i.e., alternates that ...
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Identical design / Completely different purpose

Freedom-to-operate opinions are always complex so you will absolutely need to consult with a real live patent attorney or agent to get an informed opinion. That said, given your hypothetical, you very ...
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Missing Drawing in a 10 year old patent application

There are no drawings "missing" from this patent document at google patents. Only in the case of U.S. patent documents are drawings and a PDF of the original document provided at all. They aren't ...
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my grandfather invented the first automated tea bag machine

Any patent from that time from would have long long ago expired and the time to sue anyone for infringement during the time it was in force is also long gone. A patent can be sold outright by the ...
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Design or utility patent? Do I need to file multiple variations to protect my idea? Do I need create an exact working example of my idea? and more

Optimal protection for your idea would be to file both a utility and design patent.The utility patent protects the functional aspect of your invention- getting a better grip when a person picks up ...
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